Incantations and Amulets


Question :
There are some people who write amulets for sick, insane, and psychiatric patients including in them parts of the Qur'an and Sunnah. We never vouch for the sound creed of such people. We advised them against doing so, but they refused to listen saying: "We write only what is in the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of his Messenger (Piece Be Upon Him) which is not prohibited." some of these amulets are worn by the patients themselves, or by an impure woman such as menstruating woman, or a woman in her postnatal. or an insane, and under age child who doesn't know to clean himself. Is this permissible?

Answer :
The Prophet (Piece Be Upon Him) permitted incantations with Qur'anic recitation, and supplications, as long ad they do not include Shirk. or meaningless words. Muslim narrated in his Sahih that Auf bin Malik said: We used to use incantations in pre-Islamic era, so we asked the Messenger of Allah (Piece Be Upon Him) "What formula should we recite for that purpose?" He said:
let me heat what you say. There is no harm in incantations as long as they do not include Shirk in them.
"let me heat what you say. There is no harm in incantations as long as they do not include Shirk in them."
Muslim no. 2200.
Scholars are unanimously agreed on the permissibility of incantations provided they meet the above condition, and believe that it has no effect without the Will of Allah.
It is rather, Shirk according to the Hadith is narrated by Imam Ahmad in which Imam bin Husain, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet (Piece Be Upon Him) saw a man wearing a copper bangle on his arm , and he asked him:
What is this?
"What is this?"
He said: "I am wearing it for cephalic weakness." The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said:
Remember it, for it will not increase you in anything except weakness, and if you should die while you ar wearing it, you would never be successful.
"Remember it, for it will not increase you in anything except weakness, and if you should die while you ar wearing it, you would never be successful."
Ibn Majah no. 3531 and Ahmad 4: 445.
In another version narrated by Ahmad, the Prophet (Piece Be Upon Him) said:
He who wears an amulet commits Shirk.
"He who wears an amulet commits Shirk."
Ahmad 4: 154 , Abu Ya'la no . 1759 and Al Hakim 4: 417 .

It is also narrated by Ahmad and other that Ibn Mas'ud, may Allah be Pleased with him, said: I heard the Messenger of Allah saying:
Verify, incantations amulets and Tiwalah (Tiwalah, a spell which used to make man love his wife, or the other way round.) are Shrik.
"Verify, incantations amulets and Tiwalah (Tiwalah, a spell which used to make man love his wife, or the other way round.) are Shrik."
Abu Dawud no. 3883, Ahmad 1: 381 and Al Hakim 4: 418.
If the worn amulet contain Qur'anic words, then it is prohibited according to the preponderant opinion for three reasons:
1. The general prohibition of wearing any kind of amulets according to the Prophetic traditions with no exception.
2. Leaving no excuse for wearing amulets that contain other that Qur'anic Formulas.
3. Amulets that are worn usually subject to disrespect by taking them into washrooms, or wearing them during an intercourse or the like.
As for writing s Surah or a Verse on a state or a slate or on a sheet, and washing the writing with water and saffron to drink that water, for hope of gaining blessings, knowledge, wealth, good health, or the like, we have never heard that such was done by the Prophet (Piece Be Upon Him) for himself or for someone else. He neither permitted any of his Companions to do so, nor did he give the permission to his Ummah to do so, even though the needs for doing so are existent.
Based on the above, it is better to avoid doing so, and be content with what is authentically approved of incantations of Qur'anic recitation, the beautiful Name of Allah,the authentic supplications, or the like, whose meaning are clear and they are free from the blemishes of Shirk.
One should seek nearness to Allah by doing only the permissible things for the hope of gaining reward, relief, and gaining beneficial knowledge. This should be sufficient, and he who is content with what Allah has legitimized, Allah renders him free form the need of someone else. It is only Allah Who grants success.
The Permanent Committee.



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